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IBM Project Manager Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2014
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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in October 2012.

Interview Details – Just had 1 phone interview

Negotiation Details – No no negotiation possible

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Newark, NJ

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – One in-person interview with the client with the engagement manager present and an IBM project manager on the phone.

Interview Question – The client asking a question of me about agile management and the IBM project manager interrupting the client and telling the client that we do not do agile management.   Answer Question

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Columbia, MO

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM in March 2011.

Interview Details – I had only one over the phone interview, after this they called about 2 weeks later with an offer. Company gave me one week to answer the offer and one month to relocate. After arriving to location I was given a two week training on general IBM processes and specific project management processes

Negotiation Details – I could only negotiate the starting date, salary was not negotiable

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New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at IBM in May 2009.

Interview Details – The hiring and interview process was candidate knowledge sharing. It was also very informative as you learned more about the job and responsibilites.

Interview Question – How did you handle a difficult team member?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I wa offered basically the same package that I had a previous company so I was satisfied

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Senior Project Manager

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM in March 2011.

Interview Details – Phone interview to discuss the position and work environment.

Negotiation Details – Not much to negotiate. Offer was "as is".

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Armonk, NY

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at IBM in January 2013.

Interview Details – Asked me about the project management process and how to tailor it to different projects and companies. Asked me about my under grad college. Wanted to know when I could start. Was told his expectations about the position; which is to say he would not make a commitment. Then he asked me to come on in.

Interview Question – They manager wanted to know if I was looking for a long term position of something to get started in.   Answer Question

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Dubuque, IA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in October 2010.

Interview Details – Interviewed in fall of 2010 at a technical services delivery center. I met a company rep at a job fair and he encouraged me to arrange an interview. The interview process was very professional. I caught a quick glimpse of the main floor, it's very open with short cubicles. In the interview there were fairly standard questions asked. The one takeaway I was able to gather was that coming in an an entry level employee they expect you to work as many hours as the job requires (travel, project tasks, etc). Work/life balance appears to be very poor and opportunity for advancement seemed questionable. But very impressive office space, it's incredibly green-friendly which I appreciated. Very fast-paced though.

Interview Question – What can you tell me about what we do here?   View Answer

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Senior Project Manager
Tampa, FL

I applied through other source and the process took 6 months - interviewed at IBM in March 2009.

Interview Details – Plan to speak to multiple PM methodologies, SDLC, Agile, SCRUM. All standard PMO pracitces apply in this environmment and it is expected of all PM to contribute any process improvements they can identify as a result of their contract or client engagements via a Lessons earned Log file. Prefessional demeanor most recognized is a positive, 'how can I help' attitude. Damage control, problem resolution skill are a MUST.

Interview Question – H would I handle an unruly/unhappy customer?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – straight forward

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Dubuque, IA

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in May 2008.

Interview Details – Applied online twice for the same job. Nothing the first time. Second time mentioned a contact that was an IBM employee. Their hiring team is in another state. Only one HR person onsite so the Managers do the interviewing. Got a call to set up the interview. Interviewed with a manager that hardly spoke about the available position.

Interview Question – Hardly spoke about the actual position. They just spoke about thier experiences at IBM.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – A woman in another state called with an offer about a week later. Told her I'd get back with her - called and asked for more money she didn't even run it by anyone just automatically said no. Took the position.

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Boston, MA

I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at IBM in May 2011.

Interview Details – My last interview was internal, so moving laterally inside the company. It was fairly straightforward. He led off with general interest question, (where from, interests, etc). Most questions were about my previous roles, challenging situations I found my self in and how I resolved. Also some questions that appear to be HR scripted and required the box to be checked ("Do you like new technology", or something odd like that)

Negotiation Details – Internal interview, so lateral positions don't have much room to negotiate

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